Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Man Candy by Jessica Lemmon

Title: Man Candy
Author: Jessica Lemmon
My Rating: A-

Genre: Contemporary Romance 
Series: Real Love #3
Main Characters: Dax and Becca
Release Date: January 2018
Publisher: Loveswept
Links to Purchase
Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Is there room for two in that sleeping bag? When it comes to love, a chiseled loner takes the scenic route in this irresistible standalone from the author of Eye Candy (“Truly the perfect romantic comedy.”—Lauren Layne).

Dax: After spending the summer buried up to my eyeballs in my family’s affairs, I’m ready for a break. The kind of break where I can spend two solid weeks camping and fishing in the company of absolutely no one. Then I find myself directly in the path of a drop-dead gorgeous tornado by the name of Becca Stone. Who can resist a night with a damsel in distress? Especially when she happens to be a leggy blonde? The last thing I expect is for Becca to show up on my cabin doorstep the next night, shivering in the rain and ready for seconds.

Becca: One minute I’m admiring the rock-hard jaw of the Magic Mike lookalike who walks into my bar, and the next I’m getting fired by my own brother. Loudly. In front of everyone. Luckily Dax Vaughn is a gentleman who aims his white-hot smile at me. Oh, it’s on. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am. Then a torrential storm washes out the main road and causes a massive power outage, giving us two whole weeks to enjoy each other’s company. At which point Dax will go back home, leaving “us” in the rearview mirror. That’s the plan. Or it was . . . until I started falling for him.

My Review:
There was so much to love about this book. Dax has come to the Smoky Mountains to escape the stress of his life for two weeks. He's planned for solitude, hiking, camping, and fishing. He doesn't count on torrential rains which make all that impossible. Luckily he meets Becca the first night there and has a good diversion from the bad weather. 

I loved Becca, but she's such a complex character that she's hard to understand at first. On the surface, she's a fun-loving, open girl, but that easy facade hides a ton of depth and hurt. Her inability to stick hurt to read. She wants Dax so much, but just couldn't allow herself to risk him not wanting her for more. 

From the very start, these two are upfront about what they want. I like that honesty even when it's hurting one or both of them. This is nothing but sex...even when they both keep getting deeper. I liked how they would discuss that fact and then pull back by agreement. There's never a big blowup, but the suspense about how they would work all this out continued to build up. 

I loved them together. They're seriously sexy. The additional detail of Becca's cooking added so much to the story and her as a person. Her brother underestimates her at every turn, while Dax sees just how brilliantly she handles everything. At the beginning of the book, it seems like she's flighty, but that couldn't be further from the truth. That's just the way her brother treats her...which is heartbreaking and seems like it's at the base of so much about why Becca can't 'stick' with anything. I seriously wanted to pound some sense into her brother so many times throughout the book. He's done a number on Becca that she never deserved. I love Dax for the fact that he shows her worth to her and gives her the confidence to pursue her true passions. 

Then there's the whole setting which is magical...even in the torrential rains. Seriously, who wouldn't want to be rained in a mountain cabin with a sexy, gorgeous, sex god intent on raining as many orgasms as possible? I loved it...and the hiking...and the camping. This is my ideal vacation and I loved it.

Another great installment to this fantastic series!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review. 

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